CICF Auction (April 18-19 & 22-23)
The CICF in Rosemont, IL is one of the top shows of the year for
ancients, and our CICF
Auction accordingly features nearly 700 lots of Greek, Roman,
Judaean, and Byzantine coins in all price ranges from $300 to
$30,000 and up. This is part of a huge offering of nearly 6,000
lots of World and Ancient coins with combined estimates of about
$10 million, easily our biggest CICF auction ever! Ancients will be
sold in Session 3 of the sale, on Friday, April 19 starting at 11
Here are a few highlights of the Ancients portion of the CICF
Be sure to carefully look through the Internet-only "Non
Floor Session" as well!
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Weekly World & Ancients Auctions
Our next several Weekly auctions will feature 15-20 Ancient
coins in each week-long session. Auctions open on Thursday and run
for one week only, closing the following Thursday at 10 PM
CT. This is a diverse offering of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins
in all metals with estimates ranging from under $100 to $1,000 and
more. Take a look at what we have in this
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By Lorie Ann Hambly
Bronze Portrait coin of Cleopatra VII
VII (51-30 BC). Æ 80 drachmae (27mm, 17.89 gm, 11h).
Alexandria, ca. 50-40 BC. Diademed, draped bust of Cleopatra VII
right / ΚΛΕOΠΑΤΡΑΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΣΣΗΣ, eagle
standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopia before; in right field, Π
(80). Svoronos 1872Λ. Copenhagen 419-21. With a remarkably youthful
and attractive portrait of Cleopatra, suggesting it was struck
fairly early in her reign. Dark green patina with earthen fields,
accentuating details. Choice Extremely Fine / Very Fine. Estimate:
$12,000 - $15,000.
Most numismatic portraits of Cleopatra VII Thea Notera ("New
Goddess"), last Egyptian ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty and perhaps
the most famous woman in all history aside from the Virgin Mary,
have a tendency to make one wonder what the fuss was all about. How
could any woman with so ferocious a nose and chin have so utterly
captivated two of the most powerful Roman men of her age, Julius
Caesar and Mark Antony, and have gone down in history as a
legendary beauty and seductress?
While some Classical historians are at pains to note that
Cleopatra's looks were, in Plutarch's words, "not altogether
incomparable," nowhere does anyone suggest that she was anything
less than pleasing to gaze upon. Cassius Dio even states, "she was
a woman of surpassing beauty, and at that time, when she was in the
prime of her youth, she was most striking; she also possessed a
most charming voice and a knowledge of how to make herself
agreeable to everyone." Yet the profile shown on many silver coins
of Cleopatra (usually paired with her pet Roman Mark Antony) show a
creature with a great hooked beak of a nose and a chin that could
open tin cans, looking more like Margaret Hamilton than Liz
The few surviving portrait busts that can definitely be
attributed to Cleopatra are rather noncommittal on the matter of
her beauty, since all but a few are bereft of that key feature, the
nose, and perhaps the most famous one, the "Berlin Cleopatra" in the Altes Museum, has,
according to some experts, been so extensively reworked in
Renaissance times as to be untrustworthy. But the key phrase may be
Dio's almost offhand remark that she was "most striking" when she
was "in the prime of her youth."
The coin offered here, a bronze 80 drachm coin probably struck
close to the outset of her reign in 50-48 BC, bears a soft,
attractive profile that closely matches the Berlin bust: The nose,
while prominent, is straight and rounded, and the chin, while
strong, is likewise nicely contoured. Her cheek is full, implying
youth, and her "melon" hairstyle bound with a broad diadem are
almost exact duplicates of the Berlin bust, suggesting that this
was an "official" effigy carved near the outset of her reign that
served as a model for the die engravers at the royal mint. This
young, nubile Cleopatra (aged 20-21) is the one who so enchanted
Julius Caesar in 48 BC by having herself smuggled into his quarters
wrapped in a Persian rug. She reportedly took extraordinary steps
to retain the bloom of youth (she wrote a handbook on the proper
use of cosmetics that became a best seller among women of
antiquity) and likely retained enough "pull-chritude" to draw Mark
Antony into her orbit when they met in Tarsus in 41 BC (knowing
Antony's randy nature, though, she took no chances and met him on a
royal barge stuffed to the gunnels with beautiful, scantily-dressed
serving girls and all manner of other earthly delights).
The familiar "witchy" coin portraits that came later (36-30 BC)
are probably the result of two factors: (1) Despite her best
efforts, as happens to us all, Cleopatra's features tended to
"harden" with age and the burdens of trying to keep her kingdom's
independence against a ravenous Rome, and (2) the Roman and Syrian
die engravers employed to produce her silver denarii and
tetradrachms were far less sympathetic to the Egyptian queen and,
secretly or otherwise, viewed her as a power-grasping harridan,
which tended to color their depictions of her. There was also
likely a conscious effort to make her resemble her "husband" Mark
Antony. Nevertheless, our bronze from early in her reign confirms
Dio's assessment of her as a "looker" and also refutes conjecture
that the Berlin bust of Cleopatra is somehow untrustworthy due to
attempts at restoration.
Portrait coin of Cleopatra VII will be offered in our April
18-19 & 22-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature
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What Happened In Ancient March?
March 15, 44 BC: Julius Caesar is struck down at the
start of a Senate session by a cabal of Senators led by Q. Caepio
(ne Marcus Junius) Brutus and Q. Cassius Longinus. The avowed goal
of the assassins was to save the Roman Republic; however the brutal
murder plunged the Roman world into a decade and a half of civil
war that only ended in the very one-man rule Caesar's killers
sought to avoid.
March 17, 45 BC: Julius Caesar victorious at Munda, Spain,
against Gnaeus Pompey and surviving Senatorial supporters.
March 17, AD 180: Death of Marcus Aurelius.
March 17, AD 461: Death of Patricius, Christian Roman
evangelist to Hibernia, later canonized as Saint Patrick.
March 18, AD 37: Gaius 'Caligula' acclaimed Emperor by the
March 18, AD 235: Emperor Severus Alexander assassinated,
bringing the Severan Dynasty (and the Pax Romana) to an end.
March 20, 43 BC: Poet Ovid born.
March 20, AD 268: Assassination of Emperor Gallienus.
March 24: Dies Sanguinis, "Day of Blood," an annual
festival of the Great Goddess Cybele, and possibly the precursor of
March 27, 47 BC: Julius Caesar victorious at Alexandria;
Ptolemy XIII drowns and his sister Cleopatra is made sole Queen of
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As you can see from our recent track record, Heritage Ancients
is really starting to achieve some amazing results! If you have any
thought of selling your collection, there is no better time than
the present and no better venue than Heritage! Our rates are highly
competitive and we offer top-notch cataloguing, exceptional
photography and production values, an incomparable database of more
than 800,000 potential buyers, and a matchless promotions / PR
department that will make sure everyone knows about your
collection. Please contact Dave Michaels, Director of Ancient
Coins, via email at DMichaels@HA.com or phone at (310)
Until next month!
Veritas et vita,
Get the Most Money for Your Collection
Consign to a
||David S. Michaels
Director of Ancient Coins
1-800-872-6467 ext. 1606
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1942 Casablanca six sheet, one of two known, tops
Movie Poster event
magnificent and massive Casablanca (Warner Brothers,
1942) six sheet (81" X 81") large format movie poster, one of
just two copies known, is expected to bring $60,000+ when it comes
across the auction block as the centerpiece of Heritage Auction's
March 23-24 Vintage Movie Poster Signature® Auction.
"There are few films as beloved as Casablanca," said Grey
Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage Auctions, "and few
titles that collectors covet more. Given the status of the film and
the rarity of this particular poster — there is only one other
known to exist — and you have the makings of something
Another rarity that is just one of two copies known, and
should also prove exceedingly popular with collectors is the
one sheet for MGM's 1932 classic Tarzan the Ape
Man, by far the rarest Tarzan poster known. Tarzan the
Ape Man also represents the first film that starred Johnny
Weissmuller in the title role that would go on to become his most
famous. The poster is expected to bring $25,000+.
There are few films as equally controversial and influential as
D.W. Griffith's 1915 classic silent drama Birth of a
Nation (Epoch Producing, 1915) — known for its epic scope,
top notch acting and overtly racist themes — and a one sheet poster
in the auction, in very fine condition, is expected to capture
bidder's attention to the tune of $20,000+.
"Whatever your feelings may or may not
be about Birth of a Nation, there is no denying its
cinematic heft," said Smith. "As such, collectors go after
available copies of the poster with verve when they show up. In
condition this fine, I would expect them to double their efforts to
obtain it; there's no telling when a copy as nice as this will show
For animation and Disney collectors, Heritage is offering an
extremely rare Mickey Mouse one sheet from 1932 — the first release
under the United Artists banner. It was United Artists that gave
Walt Disney the freedom and money he wanted and sent him on his way
to creating one of the biggest and best loved brands in history. It
is expected to bring $15,000.
Also, up for auction the very first time, an incredible 1938 reissue King Kong (RKO, R-1938) one
sheet, much rarer than the original poster to the film, and the
only copy known to exist, carries a pre-auction estimate of
about Movie Posters auctions.
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Doodle for Hunger
"Doodle for Hunger" is a fun online
auction of original signed works of art by comic and illustration
artists. These artists put their creative skills to good use by
doodling to support St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.
The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters supports a network
of charitable programs that provide a broad range of services for
those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter,
and related social services for the poor. The St. Francis Food
Pantries & Shelters also fights hunger through special events
for those in need. Each location has customized its program
according to the needs of the local community.
Working together with the staff and volunteers at various
locations to promote emotional and physical well-being through
programs sponsored by banks, hospitals, social service providers,
and the corporate community, the St. Francis Food Pantries &
Shelters raises awareness of the needs within the community and
forges new relationships.
The auction is offered on the internet only. Bidding will open
March 24 at 10 PM CT and will close Friday April 14 at 10 PM CT.
For more information, contact Jeri Carroll,
x1873 or JeriC@HA.com.
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Heritage Auctions' Estate Event Achieves $2.3+
An intricate silver presentation frame holding a signed
photograph from the Days of the Raj brought six times its
pre-auction estimate to reach $46,875, leading Heritage Auctions'
two-day, $2.3+ million Estate Auction of fine art and collectibles, Feb.
23-24. The eclectic array was offered across three sessions,
including one devoted to the second annual Gentlemen Collector
Auction and the Brent Hyder Charitable and Education Fund
collection, which brought a record crowd.
"The amount of online bidders set in-house records, but we also
worked hard to invite the local community in and we succeeded — our
floor was standing room only," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President of
Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage. "We also saw a good bit of
interest from beginning collectors, who are realizing that auctions
are approachable and include material in all price points."
The auction saw intense biding interest for fine European
furniture and decorative arts, such as a pair of George III carved mahogany library armchairs,
which sold for $43,750, a circa 1870 French walnut and gilt bronze coffee table,
featuring nine porcelain plaques, that brought three times its
pre-auction estimate to reach $22,500, and a circa 1815 J & W Cary George III terrestrial globe, which
sold for $21,250. A circa 1900 French Louis XVI-style mahogany satinwood and gilt
bronze sideboard realized for $20,000.
Numerous decorative arts far
exceeded their pre-auction estimates, with a marble
bust titled Proserpine after Hiram Powers (American, 1805-1873)
fetching $18,750 and a Meissen
porcelain figural group: Hunter on Horseback with Dogs
achieving $18,125, while an American
Queen Anne maple tray top tea table, offered by the Santa
Barbara Museum of Art, bringing $16,250.
Auctioneer Nick Dawes
disbursed 350 hand-selected lots in a little over four hours to a
total of nearly $770,000 as part of Heritage's second annual
Gentleman Collector auction. Highlights include a selection
of fine writing instruments as a Montblanc
Qing Dynasty Precious Fountain Pen Limited Edition 8 sold for
$22,500. A collection dedicated to the history of hot air
ballooning was highlighted by a rare French
brass and wood pendulum clock in the form a balloonist, which
realized $16,250. Gentleman Collector also featured a
steam model of a Victorian shunting engine, which crossed the
block for $15,625, as well as a Mark
Al Harris hand built motorized model of a 1933-36 Bugatti model
race car, which received hundreds of bids and sold on the phone
against a collector in the room at $13,750.
Strong bidder interest for silver overlay drove prices well
beyond estimate, with a circa 1900 Alvin
overlaid green baluster form glass vase selling for $6,250, an
glass vase with overlay, bringing $4,375 and a Quezal
glass vase with overlay fetching $4,062.
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